Civil Danger Warning

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Civil Danger Warning (SAME code: CDW) is a warning issued by authorized public officials in the United States and is relayed by the National Weather Service for an event that presents a danger to a significant civilian population. The warning, which usually warns of a specific hazard and gives specific protective action, has a higher priority than the Local Area Emergency (LAE). Examples include contaminated water supply, major accidents, and imminent or in-progress military or terrorist attack. Public protective actions could include evacuation, shelter in place, or other actions. Related warnings such as an Evacuation Immediate (EVI) or Shelter in Place Warning (SPW) may follow.

Example[edit]

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
CIVIL DANGER WARNING
WISCONSIN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
1233 AM CST WED FEB 2 2011

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE WISCONSIN
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WISCONSIN. DRIVING IS
EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS TONIGHT ON ALL ROADS IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. IF YOU
BECOME STRANDED...EMERGENCY VEHICLES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU.
IF YOU ARE STRANDED...DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE. RUN YOUR VEHICLE 10
MINUTES PER HOUR...AND CRACK A DOWN WIND WINDOW FOR VENTILATION.

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Hawaii false alarm[edit]

On January 13, 2018, a civil danger warning was issued for the entire State of Hawaii notifying the public of an “incoming ballistic missile attack” due to human error of an emergency management official. 38 minutes later, it was deemed a false alarm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Danger Warning". YouTube. February 1, 2011. 

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "Non-Weather Related Emergency Message Description Guidelines".